Verizon lights up 4G LTE in 33 new markets

Boy, does Verizon Wireless know how to spoil AT&T’s unveiling of shared data plans from this morning. The Big Red carrier made a point by saying it now has more high-speed Long Term Evolution (LTE) coverage in the U.S. than all of its rivals combined.

In addition, the company announced today it’s flipping the switch on 4G LTE in 33 new markets. Verizon’s LTE is now in a total of 337 markets and the carrier is on track to cover more than 400 markets by the year’s end. Plus, it is broadening the coverage in the existing 32 markets which already have its 4G LTE…

According to a media release, Verizon’s 4G LTE is in“more markets than all other U.S. wireless providers combined”. The company has been pretty relentless in its 4G LTE roll out (here, here and here). It also retired grandfathered unlimited data plans as part of the LTE switch and launched shared data plans last month for smartphones, tablets and other devices.

The 33 new markets getting 4G LTE are El Dorado/Magnolia and Russellville, Ark.; New London County, Conn.; Fort Pierce/Vero Beach and Melbourne/Titusville, Fla.; Columbus and Rome, Ga.; Burley, Idaho; Mattoon, Ill.; Anderson and Muncie, Ind.; Manhattan/Junction City and McPherson, Kan.; Lafayette/New Iberia, La.; St. Joseph, Mo.; Bozeman/Livingston, Kalispell and Missoula, Mont.; Goldsboro/Kinston, Roanoke Rapids and Rocky Mount/Wilson, N.C.; Zanesville, Ohio; Meadville and Punxsutawney/DuBois/Clearfield, Pa.; Orangeburg, S.C.; Sherman/Denison, Texas; Cedar City and Logan, Utah; Rutland/Bennington, Vt.; Lynchburg and Winchester, Va.; Bellingham, Wash.; and Beckley, W.Va.

Verizon’s coverage map boasts that only its 4G network is 100 percent 4G LTE among the four major wireless carriers in the United States:

With more 4G LTE coverage than all other networks combined, you can experience the speed and power of Verizon in more places. Verizon 4G LTE is available in 304 cities, covering more than two-thirds of the U.S. population.

Here’s Verizon’s 4G LTE coverage map for the United States.

The existing 32 markets getting a boost in 4G LTE coverage are Mobile, Ala.; Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla.; Hilo, Honolulu and Kahului/Wailuku/Maui County, Hawaii; Blackfoot/Idaho Falls/Rexburg, Idaho; Peoria, Ill.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Wichita, Kan.; Baton Rouge, La.; Baltimore, Md.; Kansas City and Springfield, Mo.; Akron, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo, Ohio; Allentown/Bethlehem, Harrisburg and Scranton/Wilkes Barre, Pa.; Columbia and Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C.; Provo/Orem and Salt Lake City/Ogden, Utah; Fredericksburg, Va.; and Seattle, Wash.

If you’re a Verizon customer and live in one of the areas with 4G LTE coverage, we’d love to hear about your experience with the network.

Is it speedy enough? Are you looking forward to 4G LTE?

Tell us in comments.